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Unicorn Tutorial Part 1 by scenceable Unicorn Tutorial Part 1 by scenceable

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This is part 1. It includes making an armature and sculpting the unicorn.

PRESS DOWNLOAD FOR THE ACTUAL TUTORIAL PDF. It is long.

Part 2 is here: [link]
It includes baking, painting, and hairing.

This tutorial has been the death of me. Putting it together was fine, took about 5 hours, but was fun.

Finding a way to change the word document into pdf, woah boy. After 2 hours of searching, downloading crap, etc, I finally got it. Then DA said the file was too big, so I had to redownload itinto 2 parts.

Dang.

Anyhow, I was asked to do this tutorial, and at first was reluctant since =Indigo-Ocean already has a really good one. However, I figured if people want to make a horse, it's good to have different techniques to look at.

I tried to focus more on sculpting facial details, and not so much on the body. I also went into baking and color painting and such, so hopefully a few people find this helpful.

Sorry I do not have this online somewhere for those that do not have pdf readers. (downloading a reader takes a few minutes, if you're really desperate)
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:iconrixmodels:
RixModels Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Do you still sculpt the same way? Or do you now incorporate multiple bakes? 
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do multple bakes now! There's a newer tutorial in my gallery :) 
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional
nicely done 
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:iconcharpeldesign:
CharpelDesign Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Your sculpting tutorials are some of the best I have ever come across.  Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge of creating beautiful sculptures. :)
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:iconsofakitty:
Sofakitty Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing work. Thank you so much Hug
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:iconkeldain:
Keldain Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Thanks for sharing all of your tips! :)
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, glad you liked it!
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:iconbronyonabudget:
BronyOnABudget Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Wow, I wish that I had the supplies and time to do this... it looks like so much fun...
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should try it! :)
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:iconbronyonabudget:
BronyOnABudget Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Once I get some free time I definitely will! :) I've just never really tried sculpting anything before...
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:iconjackboll59:
jackboll59 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you prevent the wire from poking out when you stand the sculpture?
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do multiple baking, so I always have something hard to hold onto. I never put the sculpture down on its feet while I'm working on the legs, the sculpture is always in my hands or laid on its side. Before I put it in the oven, I gently press it down on a surface to balance the feet and make sure they stay flat, but I don't put the whole weight down. Hope that helps! :love:
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jackboll59 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It does, thanks!
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LarsenWorks Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thanks so much for the tutorial! I actually sat down last night and tried my first ever sculpture. :D I do have a question for you though, what kind of wire do you use? The wire I got held fine until some one the final layers of clay, then it just couldn't support the body. I ended up having to lay the horse down. Still is turning out pretty well IMHO hee hee (it's in the oven as I type) :D
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scenceable Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you liked it! Sorry it's taken me so long to reply to this comment, I use galvanized steel wire. For 4-6 inch long sculpture I use 14 gauge wire for the legs and 16 gauge for the body, head and neck. For larger sculpture I end up twisting wire together. The 14 gauge is super thick and sturdy so holds up quite well! Hope that helps :aww:
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:iconlarsenworks:
LarsenWorks Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Yes it does! Thanks for getting back to me :) I had never sculpted anything before, but now I think I'm addicted to it :D
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:iconzer0starx:
zer0starX Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist
thank you so much for the time and effort that you put in to this :D
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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twilightmare3 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was wondering where do you buy your hair from? And which type is easiest to work with?
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, tibetan lamb fur is easiest, you can get it on ebay or mohair-wig.com :)
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Ondinel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
so... I'm curious, why not make the whole thing out of super sculpy? what's the difference?
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This tutorial is sort of old so I don't make them exactly like this anymore, but the reason to use the superflex is that it's flexible and durable and very difficult to break. I have a newer tutorial on how I currently bake things here: [link] and I still use superflex for the horns and tails, but usually not the legs because it's very difficult to work with. So the short answers is that super sculpey is fine to use for the most part, but there are other types of clay (sculpey firm, sculpey ultralight, sculpey super flex) that are better for thin, fragile parts :)
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:iconondinel:
Ondinel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ohh, that's good to know. thanks :)
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Donnervogel Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey =)
thank you very much for making this tutorial!
how much super sculpey do you use for one horse?
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I use between half a pound and a full pound for each one :)
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Donnervogel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the reply =)
as soon as I get the clay I'll try out your tutorial ; )
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Nivailis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some people are using turpentine for smoothing instead of oil.. Can you, please, tell me what's the difference? (I've already used turpentine and it works great)
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never used turpentine on clay, I know people use it to smooth oil paint so I think it's similar.
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bibogirl Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
What skill level would this be at? I've worked with sculpey and taken classes on clay, but I'm not great.
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This tutorial is about 3 or 4 years old when I was just learning so I'd say it's pretty good for beginners. :)
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:iconbibogirl:
bibogirl Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Okay, thank you!
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:iconhappyhearts:
happyHearts Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Definitely need to find the time to try this out!
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should! :D
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alldragonsrawesome Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student
Excuse me? Could you tell me what clay I should use? I bought Original Sculpty, but it doesn't seem to work well. . . but I couldn't find any other type. . .
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scenceable Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a newer tutorial just on baking which should answer more... this tutorial is really old! Original sculpey is reaaallly soft. Super sculpey is harder but still quite soft, and sculpey firm is super hard. :)
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Inarigamer Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i have some questions,
with the armature, we make the "U" shaped wire secure on sculpture then move them to fit the wanted pose? or do we take the U's shape them into a pose (well just the leg part of the pose xD ) then attach? or does it even matter the order of the two?
and do you have any suggestions for sculpting the face WITHOUT any stylus tools? i have some wooden tools and my exacto, but i don't have the little ball tool. i personally prefer to use my hands but...with the head that prolly wont work.
and, thats it =)
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scenceable Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I usually attach them first and then move them around, but it doesn't matter which order you do them in. I don't think stylus tools are necessary exactly, I like having something with a rounded edge for details and anything without a rounded edge tends to not be smooth enough for me. But you can always try it and see! I'd love to see what you make :D
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Inarigamer Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
okay! i have a wooden tool with a rounded edge, but i wanna see if i can do it with my hands...i'll prolly give up and use the tool though!
and good that it doesn't matter. im afraid that posing would make it break out or something stupid like that. I'm doing a sculpture of a morgan horse for my dad, he's coming in 12 days so i have to finish it before, not painting thou =P i'll keep you posted on it if you'd like!, i have to do another sculpt today but i plan on doing the armature tomorrow for the horse =)
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:iconinarigamer:
Inarigamer Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is actually quite great, never knew how to go about sculpting equines, i only know how to sculpt humans.
but man this is a great tutorial, really is sticking with me. thanks =D
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scenceable Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's really old now, I'm trying to make another one. *Indigo-Ocean has some really good ones you should check out if you haven't :)
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:iconinarigamer:
Inarigamer Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i'll check those out, but great job on this one. i'll wait for the new one
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love-replica Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Thankyou! Im so excited to get started :D
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you liked it!
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bullhamstir Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
I think I must be stupid or blind but I cannot figure out how to download the pdf for your tutorial! Im dying to read it but cannot get to it. Would you mind letting me know how I can view it? Can it be emailed? Im not too computer savvy so maybe thats the problem. I dont see anything that I could click on to download anything. Please help!!!!
Thanks,
Megan
borzoibonkers@msn.com
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I sent them as docs, hope they work!
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badazal Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
out of curiousity... whats the green and orange clay for?
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's superflex/ sculpey bake and bend clay- it only comes in bright colored blocks. I use it since it's hard to break :)
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:iconbadazal:
badazal Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhh so those are the most delicate parts.... i understand now :D thats smart lol
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Tienna Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is nothing short of amazing. Thanks so much for sharing!
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scenceable Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem, glad you liked it!
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